MVP ICT "Village Network" Talk

May 14, 2009

Matt Berg – Millennium Villages Student Research Showcase from Earth Institute on Vimeo.

Here is a brief talk I gave at a recent research showcase at Columbia.  In it I discuss how we brought Internet connectivity to Ruhiira our rural community in Uganda using a large wifi network that we put in place with the help of Inveneo. The network is currently being used to connect about 5 clinics, 3 schools and several other community institutions to the nearest Internet connection 35KM away. As a local intranet, the network is adding tremendous value by enabling free VOIP calls between sites and is also being used by the clinics to facilitate a central medical records system.

In the future, I will try and provide a much more detailed overview of this project but for now it provides a glance at how wifi can be used to bring connectivity when commercial options are not currently available.

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